President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians not to panic over the entry into Nigeria of coronavirus, even as he expressed his sadness over the reported case in Lagos after putting many measures in place to prevent it.
A statement today, March 1 by the senior special assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted President Buhari as saying that the government was not lacking in preparation and design of response measures to keep the virus away from the country’s borders.
The President said that since it had made its way into the country, adequate measures are being by relevant agencies and stakeholders taken to stop it from spreading.
He asked Nigerians to strictly observe the advisories disseminated by the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the best way to prevent infection.
“This information is being broadcast in all available media by the Federal Ministry of Information.”
President Buhari commended the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency, he said, enabled the case to be detected, diagnosed and isolated quickly, even while swift measures were taken to identify and follow up on those with whom the index patient came into contact.
The President also commended the responses of the Federal Ministry of Health and Governments of Lagos and Ogun States as well as other relevant agencies to the reported incident and called for vigilance on the part of all citizens and relevant government agencies.